25 Book Suggestions from Famous CEOs!

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Famous CEOs recommend books that they inspire in their personal development. 25 books recommended by leaders like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.Leaders, who have made a name for themselves with their success, say they frequently read books. They also recommend the books they inspired in their own personal development journey for us to read. We have compiled books recommended by successful leaders such as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates for you. Let’s read 25 Book Suggestions from Famous CEOs!

25 Book Suggestions from Famous CEOs 


  • Jeff Bezos: “The Remains of the Day”

The book “The Remains of the Day”, which is about the life of a butler who lived when British mansions lost their glory, is one of the books suggested by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. It should be noted that the book was written by the Japanese-born writer Kazuo Ishiguro. Bezos says the book made a great contribution to dealing with regret.

  • James Gorman: “The Boys in the Boat”

Morgan Stanley’s president and CEO James Gorman suggests “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. He thinks that this book can be inspired by the story of amateurs who have found success.

  • Mark Zuckerberg: “The End of Power”

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, which is described as the turning point of social media, started his goal of finishing a book every two weeks with the book “The End of Power”.And then he continued this habit. The book by Moises Naim is an important work that explores how leadership has developed over the last 100 years.

  • Steve Jobs: “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

Harvard professor and businessperson Clayton Christensen, in his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” discusses the concept of disruptive technologies, explaining how new technologies fail large companies. Moreover, this concept was first used by him and has been the subject of many articles in the following periods. Steve Jobs added this book to the list of books to read, stating that he was very impressed.

  • Tim Cook: “Competing Against Time”

Tim Cook, Apple CEO after Steve Jobs, recommended the book “Competing Against Time” to all Apple employees. The book, one of the most read books by economist George Stalk, explains how a time-based competitive strategy should be implemented in order to increase productivity in the sectoral sense.

  • Larry Ellison: “Napoleon”

Oracle’s founder, Larry Ellison, says he was influenced by the biography of French Emperor Napoleon Bonopart. As you know, there are many books about  Napoleon’s life. The feature that distinguishes this book from others is that it is approached with a sympathetic point of view to the characteristics of Napoleon apart from his political life. The author of the book, Vincent Cronin, went beyond the classical biographical style and focused on the unknown aspects of Napoleon and human relations.

  • Marissa Mayer: “The Charisma Myth”

The Myth of Charisma is one of the books suggested by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. In the book, it is explained that a person can have charisma from birth, and that charismatic behavior can be learned afterwards. The author of the book is Olivia Fox Cabane.

  • Tony Hsieh: “Search Inside Yourself”

One of the books suggested by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is “Search Inside Yourself”, which describes the emotional intelligence applications of the modern world. In this book, concepts such as development of conscience and inner peace are written. We can say that the book was written on “the art of being human”. The most important feature of the book is that it is written by Google employees.

  • Warren Buffett: “The Intelligent Investor”

Warren Buffett, one of the world’s largest investors, says he spends most of his time reading books. He underlines that his book “The Intelligent Investor”, which deals with the investment philosophy in all its details, also affects its investment strategy. The author of the book is Benjamin Graham.

  • Warren Buffett: “Business Adventures”

When Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, as well as an investor, met Bill Gates, Gates asked him for a book suggestion. Buffett suggested the book “Business Adventures”.Bill Gates said it was the best business book he ever read about this book. The author of the book is John Brooks.

  • Jeff Weiner: “The Art of Happiness”

Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner says he found the true meaning of happiness in “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama.

  • Stephen Schwarzman: “The Prince”

Stephen Schwarzman, one of the founders of Blackstone Group, interprets the book “The Prince” by Nicolo Machiavelli as a timeless book.

  • Marc Benioff: “The Art of War”

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff proposes the book “The Art of War”, which explains that it is possible to gain competitive advantage with mental strategies without going into physical warfare. The book is one of the most important military works in Chinese history. However, the book is a guide that sheds light on corporate companies determining their competitive strategies. The author of the book is Sun Tzu.

  • John Chambers: “Lean In”

First of all, it should be noted that the book belongs to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Former Cisco Chairman John Chambers is recommending this book “Lean In” to all employees to read. Sandberg draws attention to the importance of the roles women play in the professional business world.

  • Sheryl Sandberg: “A Short Guide to a Happy Life”

In addition to her own book, Sheryl Sandberg proposes the book “A Short Guide to a Happy Life”, which draws attention to the importance of self-discovery and recognition of women. The author of the book is Anna Quindlen.

  • Jeff Bezos: “The Effective Executive”

Jeff Bezos recommends that all managers read the book “The Effective Executive” written by Peter F. Drucker, who draws attention to issues such as time management, leadership and decision-making skills.

  • Michael Bloomberg: “How Will You Measure Your Life”

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recommends the book “How Will You Measure Your Life”, which emphasizes the unification of business and social life in a common philosophy. The book has multiple authors: Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon.

  • Muhtar Kent: “The Ascent of Money”

The book titled “The Ascent of Money” is among the recommendations of the successful businessman Muhtar Kent. The book was penned by Harvard professor Niall Ferguson. At the same time, the financial history of the world is examined with all the details in the book.

  • Meg Whitman: “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works”

HP’s CEO Meg Whitman advised all HP employees to read this book, “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works.” The book explains the importance of adapting to corporate strategies. The author of the book is A.G. Lafley.

  • Marillyn Hewson: “The Tipping Point”

Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s leading weapons manufacturers, says she was inspired by the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.

  • Larry Page: “My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla”

Google’s Larry Page says many scientists like Nikola Tesla enjoyed reading his life.

  • Jack Dorsey: “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right”

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, says he gifted this book, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” to its newly hired employees. The author of the book is Atul Gawande.

  • Bill Gates: “The Catcher in the Rye”

Bill Gates proposes this gripping youth novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” as well as career and personal development books. Its author is J. D. Salinger.

  • Jamie Dimon: “The World Is Flat”

JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon has compiled a long list of book proposals and included “The World Is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman at the top of the list. In the book, all the details of 21st century history are mentioned. In addition, radical changes in the global sense are analyzed.

  • Rex Tillerson: “Atlas Shrugged”

ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson thinks this book “Atlas Shrugged” is one of the most impressive works of the era. The book depicts a dystopia about private businesses that live under heavy laws and strict regulations. Its author is Ayn Rand.

We told you 25 Book Suggestions from Famous CEOs. Which books would you recommend? Which of these books have you read recommended by world famous CEOs?

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